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-  Sarah Meade

Noone welcomes new clamping laws to outlaw rogue practices

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the publication of the Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014, by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, saying it will ensure that all clamping activities are carried out in a fair and transparent manner, while protecting motorists and legitimate clamping companies who abide by a fair code of conduct.

-  Ken Gaughran

Speech by the Minister for Justice & Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. , Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998, Dáil Éireann, Thursday, 19 June 2014

I move the motion, a Cheann Comhairle. The House will be aware that the Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 was enacted in the wake of the murder of 29 people by the Real IRA in Omagh on the 15th of August that year. It was a necessary response to that atrocity and the loss of 29 innocent lives.

-  ClionaDoyle

Extension of Springboard courses to all unemployed people is welcome - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has welcomed the announcement made today (Monday) by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD, that 6,100 Springboard courses will be available in 2014/15. In particular Deputy Lawlor welcomed changes made to the scheme which will now allow people to apply for a course as soon as they become unemployed.

-  Sarah Meade

CRC report exposes former Board’s attitude to public and charitable funding - Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central TD and Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has said that the report of the Interim Administrator to the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) exposes the former Board’s attitude to spending public and charitable funding as it liked. Deputy Buttimer added that the HSE must learn from the report and put in place robust oversight and financial controls when dealing with non-statutory agencies to ensure transparency in the sector.

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